Friday, June 26, 2009

Washington Irving Monument, 1915

Intersection of West Easton St. and Vancouver Ave near Owen Park

In 1832 a group of U.S. Rangers with civilian observers came through this area. Among them was Washington Irving, perhaps the best known American author of the time. On October 14, the party was traveling to their camp destination at the convergence of the Cimarron and Arkansas Rivers. Pausing briefly at a lookout point, Irving enjoyed the panorama from the hilltop in the Owen Park neighborhood. The descriptions of the view can be found in his book, Tour of the Prairies. A monument to this event stands at the corner of Easton Boulevard and Vancouver Avenue. This monument was erected and donated to the public by Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Norman Wright in 1915.


  1. Hello,
    It's very interresting to read about american history. I like it very much !
    LEt us discover your country !

  2. Vous ici !!!
    je sens que nous allons nous régaler avec l'histoire de Tulsa !

  3. I grew up in the neighborhood of the Washington Irving Monument at 502 N. Xenophon St, across from Pershing Elementary School, which is now a Studio of some sort. So when I was only about 6 years old, in the KG, 1st & 2nd grade, (about 1938) we would pass by the monument on the way to the wading pool in Owen Park about 7 short blocks away. As I recall, the words on the monument read: "Someday this land will flow with Milk and Honey." and of course it did to a large degree. That area was a beauiful neighborhood in the 1930s. It wasn't far to Newblock Swimming Pool to the South and even to downtown Tulsa. When I spent a nickel, I received change in indian head pennies. Those were good days in spite of the depression.
    ---- John Rigsby, Tahlequah

  4. I grew up in this area and periodically drive through the neighborhood with nostalgia. The monument was an important touchstone with us kids: "I'll meet you at the monument".

  5. Lived 1 block south on Vancouver when I was in HS, and used to catch the bus to Central 'at the Monument'. Still remember some of those who shared the ride... even dated a couple of them. I also remember the Monument from when I was in a 'Social Club' with one of the members who lived on the SE corner of that intersection, Robbie Ray. - R. Hamby, CHS'60, TU'68